Experiencing XP Technology: Alleviating the stress of scaling
There’s a modification in the scaling technique used by the hygienist scales when properly utilizing XP Technology.
By Amber Auger, RDH, MPH
American Eagle Instruments Inc. began in 1948. In 2015, American Eagle’s XP Technology was the recipient of the Game Changer award. The Game Changer award is fully determined through RDH magazine readers! Dental hygienists report increased tactile sensitivity when scaling, reduced wrist and thumb pain, and overall increased patient comfort.1
XP instruments are made out of patented stainless steel equipped with a diamond-like layer, which offer a razor sharp edge that is maintained throughout the life of the instrument.2 The thin blades allow for easier access to periodontal pockets, interproximal areas, and provide increased patient comfort.2 The blade does not decrease in size because the clinician is not sharpening, therefore the working end is not compromised like traditional instruments.
There’s a modification in the scaling technique used by the hygienist scales when properly utilizing XP Technology. The sharper edges require a lighter stroke, such as when using an explorer. Imagine the edge of the instrument gently slicing into the calculus instead of cracking if off in achieving the right scaling technique. In addition, the instruments offer a wider, lightweight handle, which promotes a lighter grasp, which leads to greater wrist comfort for the clinician long term.2
The price of the XP Technology is comparable to the traditional stainless steel or carbon instruments.1 Another thing to consider is the strength and efficiency of the technology. “The stroke test shows that XP Technology handles 10 times the strokes with only 1/10th the wear.”1 Combining the lightweight technology that is sharpen free and more effective than the traditional instruments resulted in the product being the 2015 Game Changer!
The sharpen-free technology allows clinicians to maintain proper, powerful working ends longer! When selecting instruments, I challenge you to invest in tools that will promote the duration and quality in which you practice. XP Technology enables hygienists to provide a superior scaling without the additional stress that can come from traditional instruments.
Amber Auger, RDH, MPH, is a hygienist with over six years of experience in multiple clinical settings, including facilities abroad. This experience has allowed her to educate dental hygiene students and coach dental teams on periodontal systems to optimize practice growth. She holds a full-time position at an elite dental office in Boston, and owns her own dental consulting company. Amber obtained master’s in public health from the University of New England and her bachelor’s of dental hygiene from the University of New Haven. Amber specializes in pediatric education, periodontal education, and continues to create progressive systems. She is a key opinion leader for several elite dental companies and a published author. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Team Approach: American Eagle Instrument's XP Curettes minimize the need for sharpening. Dental Product Reports. July 2012. Available at: http://www.dentalproductsreport.com/dental/article/team-approach-american-eagle-instruments-xp-curettes-minimize-need-sharpening. Accessed May 12, 2016.
- American Eagle Instruments. XP Technology. http://www.am-eagle.com/product-information/xp-technology. Accessed May 12, 2016.